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Glodwick Primary Care Centre137 Glodwick RoadOldham, OL4 1YNTel: 0161 271 3050
GP appointments can be pre-booked up to four weeks in advance.
A number of appointments for GPs open up each morning at 08:00.
If all the GP appointments are booked the patient will be asked if another clinician i.e. Practice Nurse or Clinical Practitioner could help. If you feel they can't help then you will be offered the alternative options listed below.
Appointments are also available on the following days:
If your appointment is between the above times, please enter the building through the side entrance (the front entrance is not open until 08:00) then please take a seat in Waiting Area 'A' and the doctor will call you in personally. These appointments are primarily for patients who are not able to attend during our normal surgery hours.
Please note we are closed Every First Wednesday of the month from 1pm for staff training.
You will be asked if you need to see a doctor face to face or whether a telephone consultation would be appropriate. If it would be appropriate, the receptionist will confirm your contact details and advise you of an approximate time when the GP will call you back.
You will be advised to attend Oldham Urgent Care Centre only if it is for an acute problem i.e. cough, cold, sprain, strain etc. - NOT for repeat prescriptions or chronic disease problems such as Asthma, diabetes etc.
If the patient says that he/she cannot attend the Urgent Care Centre and it is a serious matter or an emergency, the receptionist will refer to a doctor. The doctor is responsible for deciding whether the patient needs to be seen at the surgery, or if the Urgent Care Centre is appropriate. We will deal with children under 5 on the day.
With the on-line facility you can book or cancel GP appointments, request a repeat prescription, send a message or change your address or contact details. This service is also accessible via Digital TV with SKY, NTL, VIRGIN or TELWEST using the interactive option on the remote control. Please ask at Reception for further details on how to register for this service.
The practice has the policy of using a chaperone during all intimate examinations. You have the right to ask for a chaperone at any time if the doctor wishes to examine you.
In a number of cases it might be worth considering an appointment with a practice nurse rather than a doctor. Practice nurses are qualified to deal with many problems and you may be seen more quickly.
If you cannot attend an appointment for any reason please inform us as soon as possible in order for us to give the appointment slot to someone else.
Whilst we encourage our patients to come to the surgery, where we have the proper equipment and facilities available, we do appreciate this is not always possible. In this respect, if you do need a home visit, you can help us by calling reception before 10:30.
You may only request a home visit if you are housebound or are too ill to visit the practice. Your GP will only visit you at home if they think that your medical condition requires it and will also decide how urgently a visit is needed. Home visits should not be requested due to lack of transport to attend the surgery and it is perfectly safe to bring babies and toddlers to the surgery even if they have a temperature or a rash.
Please bear this in mind and be prepared to provide suitable details to enable the doctor to schedule house calls
You can also be visited at home by a community nurse if you are referred by your GP. You should also be visited at home by a health visitor if you have recently had a baby or if you are newly registered with a GP and have a child under five years.
You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.
If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).
It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.
You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.
The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.
For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)
We frequently have medical students attached to the practice who sit in on the consultation with your GP.
If you wish to see your doctor alone please tell the doctor or receptionist and the student will be asked to leave.